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Boogie Board: A Battery-Powered Notepad as Convenient as Pen and Paper

Boogie Board

Now this is a cool Geek gadget!

From Popular Science:

A new electronic notepad may be lifelike, cheap and energy-efficient enough to replace those wasteful paper slips we still use for memos and grocery lists. The four-ounce Boogie Board runs for years on a single watch battery and, thanks to a novel use of the material inside ordinary computer screens, even mimics the feel of putting pen to paper.

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I’m going to get one, for sure!


Viruses Pwned by Panda antivirus

When I turned on my laptop this morning, I was greeted with a red X on the Panda icon in my system tray. When I clicked on it, the program informed me that my beta version would expire in 10 days and I should download the latest release (dated 6/30/2009, Version 0.08.82). I was ready for a sales pitch; I’m happy to say there wasn’t one. Apparently, CloudAntivirus is still free and will remain so (it’s also still in Beta).

If you missed my previous article on this nifty security tool, read Check out Panda’s Cloud Antivirus: It’s a Winner! Be sure to watch the video I have linked in that article, too. Besides just being cool, the video will give you a new viewpoint on emerging security technology in the Cloud. While you’re at it, this Panda Security video ad’s also worth a look. (Check out the threat characters – very catchy.): Viruses pwned by Panda Antivirus [HQ].

The Geek



Spam-o-Meter is a Kool Tool that gives you an idea of how much spam is on the Internet. You can download a Mac OSX gadget, Flash for a website (like you see here), even a screen saver for Windows, all free. Check it out. I’ve posted it on a page over there to the right.


Safe Computing Tips (and Other Changes)

I want to let everyone know of some new features you’ll be seeing here at Ask the Geek. First off, you’ll notice that there are more pages being posted. These are permanent pages that will always show up on the site, unlike the posts that usually wind up in the archives. I’ll be updating these frequently. The latest page is “Safe Computing Tips” and I suggest you check it out.

You’ll also notice a sign-up pop-up on some pages when you go to them. Please sign up so I can keep you up to date on new content and special offers from select vendors. I promise I won’t spam you with a bunch of useless junk; I will pass on any special offers that I become aware of from reputable hardware and software sellers.

For now, check out the “Safe Computing Tips” and sign up for my list. And be on the lookout for a new page that reviews top freeware, Open Source, and commercial software offerings.

As always, I’m glad to be of service and I look forward to keeping you as a loyal reader. If you ever need anything at all, feel free to hit the “Ask a Question” or “Leave Feedback” links over at the right.

The Geek


Win an Xbox for Asking & Answering IT Questions

Jenny Mackintosh over at the ITKE Community blog (the folks who host my Security Corner blog) announced a cool contest for anyone who wants to show their tech savvy. The only catch is that you have to register as a community member, but ITKE is reputable, so this isn’t a problem:

Now through the end of April, you can not only show off your IT skills by asking and answering questions on? ITKnowledgeExchange.com, but you can earn the chance to spend some quality time honing your bad-guy-vaporizing skills on your very own Xbox 360.

From today (March 18th) through April 30th, you have a chance to win one of three Xbox 360 consoles. The winners will be the top 3 community members who have the most Knowledge Points earned and have asked 5 IT-related questions (you still earn Knowledge points for asking questions) during the contest period. So tell your friends and co-workers to post their IT questions on? ITKnowledgeExchange.com so you can answer and rack up your Knowledge Points.

You can read my post about it here: http://cli.gs/WPeXGT.

Have fun and good luck!


Articles Released at EzineArticles Site

I’m now an expert author for EzineArticles.com. You can check out my public profile by clicking that Ezine@rticles icon over there, or you can click here. What is EzineArticles? you ask. Here’s what they do:

EzineArticles.com is a matching service — bringing real-world experts and ezine publishers together.

Expert Authors & Writers are able to post their articles to be featured within the site. Our searchable database of hundreds of thousands of quality original articles allows email newsletter publishers hungry for fresh content to find articles that they can use for inclusion within their next newsletter (up to 25 articles per year per our Publisher TOS).

My first two articles have just been published. If you’re a newsletter publisher or webmaster, check out the site and my articles and put them in your next project:

Do You Recognize the Four Early Warning Signs of Hard Disk Drive Failure? (Click the link to the right if you need data recovery services.)

Five Essential Steps to Online Security

Watch for many more to come.


How to Secure Your Computer – 14 Maxims

This post is long overdue. Having completed my How to Secure Your Computer series of articles, it’s time to get links to all of them organized on a single page.

The series debuted on January 4, 2007 on my Lockergnome blog, Ask the Geek, Too. I continued to post them there until March, 2008 when other commitments forced me to put that blog on the back burner. (Chris Pirillo and the Lockergnome gang have been gracious enough to keep my content live and I hope to contribute there again in the future.) I have since revised and re-posted all of the maxims on my Security Corner blog, most of them having been given more catchy titles. You will find the entire archive in descending chronological order in the Security Maxim archives – Security Corner.

Below are links to the original postings up to and including Maxim #11 which was the last one posted to Lockergnome; nos. 12, 13, & 14 are new and appear only at Security Corner.

2007.01.04 – How to Secure Your Computer: Maxim #1
2007.02.22 – How to Secure Your Computer: Maxim #2 (or, How Not to Invite Attackers Into Your PCs and Networks)
2007.03.03 – How to Secure Your Computer: Maxim #3
2007.03.14 – How to Secure Your Computer: Maxim #4
2007.05.30 – How to Secure Your Computer: Maxim #5
2007.06.27 – How to Secure Your Computer: Maxim #6
2007.07.25 – How to Secure Your Computer: Maxim #7
2007.07.26 – How to Secure Your Computer: Maxim #8
2007.07.28 – How to Secure Your Computer: Maxim #9
2007.08.17 – How to Secure Your Computer: Maxim #10
2007.10.29 – How to Secure Your Computer: Maxim #11

I will soon make available a complete compilation of these articles for download as a free bonus to everyone who subscribes to my feed.

The Geek


Noisy PC? Acousticpc.com will help you quiet it down

I recently had the pleasure of having a conversation with Eric Sivilla,
Acoustic PC Specialist and owner of Acousticpc.com – the leader in quiet PC cooling solutions. Eric knows his stuff when it comes to quieting down a noisy PC and he’s also quite a nice fellow, so you can be confident in doing business with him.

I never paid much attention to the noise coming from my PC, I just figured that’s the way it is and put it out of my mind. But when I decided to record some of the songs I’ve written, I was dismayed to discover that I could hear the PC noise in my recordings.

Where does all that noise come from? A lot of it comes from the cooling fans on your CPU and power supply. Some high-performance PCs also have a cooling fan on the video card and there may be another fan in the front or back of the case that draws outside air in. Your hard drive is also a noisy beast and difficult to silence, until now.

Check it out, will you? Eric has solutions for the most demanding quiet cooling applications including hard drive silencers, silent cases, acoustic case insulation, you name it. Here’s that link again:


Tell him The Geek sent you.

The Geek

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Kool Tool: Clipmarks

In response to my article, “Don’t bookmark it–Furl it!”, Wally wrote to say I should try Clipmarks. So, I went to the site and watched the demo. Unlike Furl and Spurl, which store entire web pages that you have bookmarked, Clipmarks lets you select and save snippets of text, photos or other graphics off a web page; you clip and save just the stuff you want from any web page. I’ve been saving clips and quotes into notes for years, but it’s cumbersome to manually copy-and-paste the stuff and I still have to either type in or copy-and-paste a link to the source. Clipmarks automatically stores the source URL with your clipping.

Like the other services, Clipmarks lets you add tags (keywords), comments and share your clipmarks with friends. Your clipmarks are private unless you choose to share them. There’s a Public Clipmarks section where you can search and see what others are clipping and who the clippers are. You might soon find some of the stuff I’m clipping because I’m off to sign up. See ya on Clipmarks!…K

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Don’t bookmark it–Furl it!

I consider myself a fairly organized person. And I usually am, except for those times when I’m not, and I’m definitely not organized when it comes to keeping track of things I find on the web. Sure, I have URLs bookmarked in my browser, but I also have them scribbled on sticky notes, listed in “sites” files and stored in Palm Pilot memos. I email site links to my web mail accounts so I can get to them from anywhere. If I need a bookmark that’s stored on my browser at work, but not on my home PC, or vice-versa, I’m out of luck. Oh, and did I mention all the URLs I have highlighted in various magazine articles, e-newsletters and e-mails that I’ve printed out?

It’s a mess, completely disorganized and essentially useless. I have to look in so many places to find anything that by the time I’ve found it, I’ve forgotten why I wanted it. As a writer, when I need information, I need it now or the entire writing process grinds to a halt. This is not a good thing. But I think I found the answer: Today I stumbled across Furl.

“Furl is a free service that saves a personal copy of any page you find on the Web, and lets you find it again instantly by searching your archive of pages. It’s your Personal Web… Each member gets a 5-gigabyte personal archive, large enough to store tens of thousands of pages… When you want to find something again, enter any word or phrase you remember from it… Even if a page has disappeared from the Web and other search engines, you’ll still have a personal copy.”

Yes, I know about del.icio.us, and spurl, and I’m sure there are others, but Furl caught my attention while I was surfing LookSmart’s www.findarticles.com. I signed up and immediately became a Furl Freak. Now, I save everything I think I may ever need using the Furl It! button I installed on my browser toolbar.

Maybe I’ll finally get organized…

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